While the latest scandals are undoubtedly examples of corruption and the dangers of political power, there are institutionalized and systemic threats to liberty that are far more important.
The torture, mistreatment, and abuse inside America's prisons reveals a systemic problem with our judicial system both at home and abroad.
Here is a list of my favorite introverts and loners that have revolutionized the same societies they are slightly unable to cope with.
Terrorists will never dismantle our society. Only our acceptance of gross violations of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights will.
The differences in coverage between the Boston bombings and government bombings are a failure and sad reality of American media.
Intense surveillance of 'anti-government' groups and war protesters reveal that the DHS views dissent and protest as the biggest threats to the warfare state.
Thought drone strikes and aggressive war were bad enough? U.S. Special Forces now operate in 75 countries, and are teaching many of them how to crack down on and abuse their civilian populations.
Though Manning should receive the Nobel Peace Prize, this award doesn't even begin to honor the magnitude of humanitarianism of this true American hero.
The only practical way to avoid a disastrous war and increase the chances of peace is the U.S. to the stop the saber-rattling.
A new lawsuit filed by two Harvard students should help give Americans fewer and fewer excuses to remain silent in the face of government abuse.
Freeing up markets and limiting government power would be perhaps the biggest deathknell to corporatist legislation and the influence of special interests.
Thanks to the information age, the technology is finally catching up the libertarian ideas that have existed for centuries.
The solution to same-sex marriage, like nearly all problems that plague society, is to get the state out of the marriage business.
The issue is much more complex than whether voters should show identification. When we cast a vote, we are essentially urging the state to restrict others' behavior that we don't like.
A new military agreement that is "South Korean-led, U.S.-supported" and would allow both governments to "immediately and decisively" strike North Korea sets an ominous tone on the global stage.
The costs of war can be seen not only in the trillions spent and wasted but on the wealth, innovation, and economic progress that could have been created on the free market instead.
The Iraq War is perhaps the single biggest foreign policy disaster in American history. Here's hoping it doesn't take another decade for our country's leaders to figure that out.
Republicans can get much more support from millennials if they follow Rand Paul's example and defend civil liberties.
A proposed sale of drones to the U.A.E. is the latest example of the influence of the military-industrial-complex and how it threatens democratic process, constitutional liberties, and peace.
The Federal Reserve, the income tax, and the Seventeenth Amendment lie at the heart of the federal government's power. All three should be abolished.
Despite the emotional rhetoric used to support it, the minimum wage increases unemployment and drastically harms those who it is intended to help.
Every claim made by the Obama administration defending its program of targeted assassinations fails even the most broad interpretations of constitutional power.
A Justice Department memo detailing the Obama administration's legal justification for assassinating American citizens is another dangerous legacy of the "war on terror."
Although Hagel promises a commitment to Obama's dangerous foreign policy, his nomination is stirring up badly needed public debate over many key issues.
Libertarians' eagerness to embrace conspiracy theories of the Sandy Hook shooting is another example of misguided rush to judgments and distractions from more important issues.
While Chuck Hagel offers an alternative to the foreign policy status quo, libertarians and non-interventionists should temper their enthusiasm if he is confirmed.
The $1 trillion spent on the war on drugs in the last few decades is just the tip of the iceberg of the societal costs imposed by drug prohibition.
A study from Columbia Law School finds that the number of Pakistani civilians killed in drone strikes “significantly and consistently underestimated" as many as 98% of those killed are civilians.
In order to make sure that 2013 continues to see a spread of libertarianism throughout the U.S. and the world, here are 13 resolutions that I plan to keep throughout the year and beyond as well.
Bipartisan support for a militaristic foreign policy, the war on drugs, and gun control make Americans both less free and less safe.
'Double-taps' and the official targeting of children are simply the logical next step for an administration that already justifies unaccountable drone warfare.
Private prison corporations are merging with states to grow prison populations and sentencing in order to increase profits.
The most famous public libertarian may be retiring from Congress, but the future of the movement Ron Paul did so much to spread should be optimistic.
Ron Paul's criticism of Congress' blind support for Israel could not come at a better time.
In the midst of internal strife and soul-searching within the Republican Party, rather than offer moderate immigration bills, the GOP should learn from Ron Paul's grassroots message and support.
The "fiscal cliff" is a much deeper and more dangerous problem than what is being portrayed. It is the result of unsustainable debt and a highly flawed monetary system.
A vote for either presidential candidate is fundamentally a vote for kill lists, NDAA, caging medical marijuana sellers, corporatism, lawless drone strikes, and higher debt and spending.
Romney's harsh criticisms of China during the debates and on the campaign trail ignore the real currency manipulators in Washington.
While Obama defended his aggressive and hawkish foreign policy, all Romney could do is nod, agree, and offer little difference from the president.
Preview and live coverage of the third and final debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Predator drones have become a staple of the president's power but have incredibly dangerous implications.
The ultimate winner is the status quo of the welfare-warfare state and the perpetuation of the One Party System, and the loser was the American people, liberty, peace, and sound economics.
Obama vs Romney, round 2: Follow along live for the latest updates at all of the 2012 presidential debates.
Thanks to Paul Ryan's foreign policy belligerence and lies, Biden appeared calm, cool, and collected and easily smacked Ryan around.
Follow along live for the latest updates at the only 2012 vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.
A debate between Ron Paul and President Obama would have actually given the American people a real choice.
Drivers licenses for illegal immigrants who will receive work visas is solid reform, but a much more radical approach is needed to address concerns over illegal immigration.
Follow along live for the latest updates at all of the 2012 presidential debates.
Bernanke sent thank you notes to several House Democrats for their speeches on the floor urging Congress not to support transparency of the Federal Reserve.
The long-term effects of QE3 and the Federal Reserve's money printing will be disastrous, but even the short-term "boom" is proving to be false.
Thousands will be protesting outside of Federal Reserve banks all across the country this weekend, and it couldn't come at a better time.
A watchdog group calls Paul "corrupt" for discrepancies in travel expenses. But if the principled and consistent Paul is truly corrupt, what does that say about the rest of Congress?
Here are four examples and dangerous trends that should alarm all Americans who value the Constitution, the restraints it places on the state, and the protection of civil liberties.
Ben Bernanke and the Fed are the ones shrinking the middle class, and helping the big banks, by printing money like there's no tomorrow.
The treatment of Democratic delegates by the party elite at the DNC is just the latest example of the Democrats selling out their base
While labor unions generally receive the credit, increased pay and benefits for workers are the result of an interconnected web of capital, labor, production, and sound money in a free economy.
What's a libertarian to do but feel exasperated and neglected after the GOP Convention which seemed eager to silence all Ron Paul supporters.
The P.A.U.L Festival and the presence of Paul's delegates at the Republican National Convention next week will be interesting to watch.
While the RNC meets in Tampa to rubber-stamp Mitt Romney, here are some songs that should remind the GOP that the Paulians are here to stay.
Paul Ryan's record suggests that he is nowhere near the fiscal conservative he claims to be.
Just as Ron Paul's prophetic warnings in 2002 proved to be true, he will once again be proved right in another 10 years.
Despite a year-old federal appeals court order, the TSA is refusing to hold a public hearing over its unpopular "naked body scanners."
And with more support and coverage, Johnson could get the 15% needed to participate in the national presidential debates -- potentially becoming a game changer.
Paul supporters have multiple options that can help advance their cause, spread their message, and create lasting political change.
Government subsidies and security help distract attention away from a global competition of the best amateur athletes and into nationalism and politics.
The GOP would be making a huge mistake if they decide not to let Ron Paul speak at the RNC this August.
Different security measures and addressing the root causes of public shootings might have prevented the Aurora massacre.
Ron Paul is urging GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns ... but he also says this isn't the most important issue that should be debated right now.
The free market is circumventing government medicine and providing examples of what the future of health care will look like.
Paul's public status as the figurehead of libertarianism will soon be gone, but thanks to tthe foundations he laid down the liberty movement will thrive.
Lance Armstrong's most recent attempt to push back against federal prosecutors was dismissed, but it helps prove the hypocrisy of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
While shining light on key issues, the Tea Party and Occupy movements have many flaws. The liberty movement, on the other hand, will live on into the future.
While millions of Americans will travel to celebrate the 4th of July, the TSA remains one of the most visible signs of eroding liberties and privacy.
100 years of federal intervention into the health care market have culminated in Obamacare, and Paul's libertarian alternatives are the right medicine.
The history of American intervention in Egypt for the last few decades show why foreign intervention builds an unstable peace and harms U.S. interests.
Four years of peace, the Bill of Rights, and a libertarian bully pulpit would have been bliss.
Reforms in Sweden and Estonia have led to economic growth and help prove the case for austerity and economic liberalization.
A "reading list" that summarizes the ethics, economics, and insights of libertarianism.
Rand Paul's endorsement of Mitt Romney reveals a starkly different, and most likely unsuccessful, strategy than Ron Paul's grassroots influence.
It's often claimed that women earn less than men, but a closer look at the statistics reveals that this has little to do with "discrimination" and more to do with our individual economic choices.
Only time will tell how Paul's legacy will shape Texas and national politics, but his contribution to the battle of ideas is indisputable.
While Europe is responding to "war fatigue" with withdrawal from Afghanistan and proposing defense cuts, the U.S. goes in the opposite direction against the will of Americans.
In a bipartisan move, Obama and Romney join forces to defend the status quo while Ron Paul forms his own coalition in defense of peace and the Bill of Rights.
Ron Paul might be the least understood presidential candidate in recent history, so here is a summary of his political positions and the philosophy that shapes them.
The latest "terror plot" is really just a microcosm of all that is wrong with American anti-terrorism efforts of the last decade.
Anti-Fed testimony before the House is just one more example of the spread of Paul's libertarian economics.
The shootings at Kent State 42 years ago should be a reminder of the dangers of government power and the uncertain future of the right to protest in America.
Ron Paul has been drawing thousands of people at his campaign stump speeches across the country. Here are his top ten.
Like so many aspects of the economy and society, marijuana prohibition is an example of state power colluding with special interests to prevent the the demands of the many from gaining traction.
Ron Paul's rank as the "most conservative congressman" since 1937 says a lot about the changing face of conservatism as well as public debate.
General Atomics is working on building longer-lasting Reaper Drones, further increasing the odds that Obama's drone program will become even more secretive and unaccountable.
The annual celebration is an example of civil disobedience against federal drug laws.
As the war continues, it will only be when, not if, another “war porn” report comes out. These images must be shown to educate the public.
Major League Baseball was integrated because of market competition and the merit of black players, not from government intervention.
Eight years of Republican rule did incalculable damage to the economy and the country, but it had nothing to do with limited government, spending cuts, or free markets as Obama claims.
Latin and South American leaders are trying to find alternatives to fighting the drug war, and want Obama to join their efforts.
A year after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's controversial anti-union bill, a troubling trend is emerging.
A recent ProPublica analysis of 2012 campaigns shows the Ron Paul campaign leading in transparency and efficiency. Like his fiscal plan, Paul draws a sharp contrast to his opponents.
Although the GOP elite would like him to go away, Ron Paul's campaign - and his message - will not be going anywhere soon.
WeGrow, a company that provides information and products for medical marijuana use and is dubbed “the Walmart of weed,” will soon be opening a store in Washington, D.C.
Ron Paul should quit the GOP race by May 1 and announce an independent run in order to keep his campaign alive and put pressure on both parties.
The U.S. media's reporting on Iran is parroting a narrative that is increasing the likelihood of war with Iran.
Despite populist rhetoric from the GOP presidential field, Congressman Ron Paul is the only one who would reduce the national debt according to a nonpartisan study.
A new market centered around the open-source, low cost, individual-orientated, and decentralized speed of the digital age has the chance to fundamentally transform education.
Even though the Court unanimously ruled that police violated the Constitution when they attached a GPS tracker to suspect Antoine Jones’ vehicle without a warrant, they left a lot of ambiguity.
The government often breaks the legs of those with the least amount of power and control over policy, and then hands them the crutches to convince them of its necessity.
With grassroots support, Paul is able to raise enough money to contend with his GOP rivals.
The Fed should be abolished because it inflates the money supply, destroys the purchasing power of our economy, and allows the government to expand without taxing the American people.
Unlike other GOP candidates, Paul's economic and foreign policy ideas make him a unique candidate and a foil to President Obama.
Although Obama has often offered lip service in reversing the Bush administration’s policies, his actions and policies haven't been on target. Will that come up at the foreign policy debate?
Paul's new campaign ad is a welcome change from his previous dull commercials, painting the candidate as more trendy.
The supposed threat of Sharia law in the U.S. tends to be used as a bogeyman, but can, in fact, lead to strong arbitration.
Most GOP candidates have shown enthusiasm for the use of torture, which is a symptom of a counterproductive and costly interventionist foreign policy.
Students for Liberty and other student organizations around the country are helping to change public debate on libertarian issues.
Given his economic and foreign policy, Texas Representative Ron Paul is the GOP's best candidate for the 2012 presidential race.
Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, and Daniel Ellsberg are bringing transparency to government and also changing the way we think about the role and rights of government.
Government should end its college loans and subsidies programs, which encourage debt. Instead, a free market system where people attended more trade schools would fix education debt problems.
Saving — not building debt — is the true method for economic development. Saving money should not be demonized as "hoarding."
During the GOP primaries, candidates should hone their foreign policy platforms and differentiate themselves from President Obama.
Occupy Wall Street protests identify America's problems correctly, but propose equally disastrous solutions.
Large corporations have used their power to lobby legislators to their advantage, as corporate welfare has given them an unfair advantage in the market place which hinders economic growth.
Emphasizing a more open economy and a smaller military, Paul's policies would help push the country in the right direction.
Classified documents presented to the public via outlets like Wikileaks help show that U.S. foreign policy can do more harm than good.
The consequences of post-9/11 policy have been a disregard for American civil liberties.
The presidential candidate's foreign policy of peace and non-intervention, especially in Iran, is rational.
With the growth of technology, government has grown increasingly irresponsible in violating citizens' privacy.
Government's hand in economic policy has gotten us into our financial woes, and we shouldn't look to government to help stabilize us.
The Afghan War is only a drain on American resources, which can better serve our own country.
A default would have helped the U.S. get its fiscal affairs in order and headed off a possibly bigger default later down the line.
The U.S. should take heed of Greece's bailout and end the irresponsible funding of large-scale programs for short-term political gain.
We need gold now more than ever as our economic anchor to tether currencies.
America's war on drugs is fruitless and, worse, violates liberty. Portugal shows drug decriminalization can be successful.
Jerry Brown wants to tax internet retailers to get California out of debt, but this will only force businesses to leave the state.
When we stop framing issues in terms of Left vs. Right and instead use liberty over government control, more people come on board to build honest coalitions.
The GOP presidential candidates share an isolationism streak that concerns Sen. McCain. This anti-war trend will both help the American people and GOP prospects.
The U.S. government keeps infringing on and restricting citizens' rights for the sake of "protection." It's time to step back and let the free market protect Americans' security.
New regulations on for-profit universities reveals a deep issue: Federal intervention is ruining the U.S. education system. Let the market find Americans high-quality, but low-cost education.
New legislation giving the president the ability to wage war at any time without the consent of Congress would turn the office into a near dictatorship.
A viable candidate, Paul's fiscal ideas would resonate with strongly with America's economic turmoil. Even without the GOP nomination, Paul has helped expose many Americans to libertarianism.
The Fed is the problem behind America's faltering economy. The government's ability to create money devalues the dollar, causes prices and interest to rise, and weakens our fiscal situation.
As the space shuttle Endeavour takes off on its final mission, we should wonder if American taxes are being put to good use. Would a privately-funded space program be more economically efficient?
The role of law in society shouldn't be to prosecute for crimes which don't hurt a third party. Spending tax payer's money to prosecute against drugs and online gambling violates our freedoms.
A Florida judge's decision to allow Islamic law into a private case should be an example of how to peacefully and cheaply resolve disputes, without the constraints of national law.
New legislation protecting LGBT students from bullying in federally-funded public schools is a positive step, but all students face institutionalized bullying that also must be addressed.
Rather than cutting funding government spending on NPR and the PBS, Congress would do better to get the government out of the radio business altogether by eliminating the FCC.
Young conservatives came out in droves to this year's CPAC conference in support of classical conservatism and libertarianism, not the brand of politics represented by the neocons and realists.
While President Obama is right to point out that America's bridges, roads, and infrastructure are crumbling, his solution - government spending on public works projects - is terribly misguided.
Not only is the decades-long "War on Drugs" not working, but drug prohibition also violates individual freedom. Relegalization would breed responsibility and be a more effective approach.
President Obama has continued the Bush administration policies that are dragging our country down. This stasis is giving birth to a new Left-Right coalition that could shake up politics.